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Volunteers’ News – April 2024

I know I always seem to start off my April column with an acknowledgement of Autumn, because I love the cooler nights (not always days!) and the lovely trees in flower in my area. There always seem to be plenty of activities at this time of year.

Welcome to new writer, Karina Kreminski of Surry Hills and congratulations to newlyweds Michael Shreenan and Robin Moffat (Mike is the CEO at Counterpoint Community Services).

Farewell Ian Heads, OAM. Famed rugby league writer Ian Heads died aged 81, following a long illness. Rabbitohs fans will remember his support for South Sydney during the Super League wars in the 1990s.

24th Biennale of Sydney until June 10 – Ten Thousand Suns at White Bay Power Station
This year’s Biennale’s main venue has been moved from Cockatoo Island to White Bay Power Station, Balmain, situated on Gari Gurad/Nura (Saltwater Country) and Nattai Gurad/Nura (Freshwater Country) and open to the public for the first time in 100 years. There are 96 artists from 45 countries, with installations, talks, family days, music and the usual menu of the beautiful and sublime to the just plain weird. There is no parking at White Bay, but the venue is wheelchair accessible and wheelchairs are available for hire. 443 buses run from the QVB. For all information, and other venues contact: https://biennaleofsydney.art/events

Speaking of Biennales – First Nations artist Archie Moore has been chosen to represent Australia at the 60th Biennale of Venice this month. I first saw Archie’s work “Pillors of Democracy” at the Cairns Art Gallery last year. Congratulations for every success, Archie.

Balance Bike School Holiday Clinic, Sydney Park Cycling Centre 9-11am from Thursday April 19 to Wednesday April 24. This is a free event for 3–8-year-olds with their caregiver. The organiser is BIKEWISE.

Dates for Your Diary

Autumn School Holidays – Monday April 15 to Friday April 26

Australian Heritage Festival 2024 “Connections” – Thursday April 18 to Sunday May 19 at Observatory Hill, The Rocks. Contact National Trust of Australia: https://nationaltrust.org.au/ahf/

Coloured Diggers Photo Exhibition Paddington Uniting Church, Oxford Street, Paddington – Opens April 20

ANZAC Day April 25 Coloured Diggers March – 11am, Redfern Community Centre

Greek Festival of Sydney – until Sunday May 26 including Greek-Australian Writers Festival on Sunday May 19 and ending with Greek Fest at Brighton-le-Sands on May 26

Sydney Writers’ Festival – May 2024: https://swf.org.au (more information next month)

Wishing all our volunteers, readers and supporters a very happy and safe school holiday break.

Pat Clarke
volunteers@smh.com.au

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